Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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Centre of Applied Health Sciences, Windsor
  • Credential:
  • Ontario College Advanced Diploma - Delivered in 2.5 years
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
  • Grade 12 Mathematics - MCT4C, MAP4C, MHF4U, or MCV4U
  • Senior Level Physics (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

NOTE: This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Students applying to this program must complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) test. Please click here for more information about the test.

SELECTION PROCEDURE
A score is determined for each applicant derived from the Pre-Admission Testing score and from required subjects for admission. Scores are then ranked by highest score and selection is made for the available positions and places on the waiting list.

For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
This advanced diploma program will prepare the graduate for entry-to-practice as a General Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Technologist). Simulation labs and clinical placement settings will expose the student to practical learning. Course work includes clinical application courses, sonographic physics, sonographic identification of normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, pathology, and patho-physiology of the abdomen, pelvis, and small parts of the adult, pediatric, and fetal patient, and comprehensive exam reviews. Utilizing advanced knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy, pathology, and physical applications, a sonographer performs examinations to provide diagnostic ultrasound images for interpretation by a medical radiologist. As a member of a health-care team, the sonographer will produce images of internal body structures utilizing a variety of hand-held acoustical scanning probes and imaging techniques. The profession requires critical thinking skills, judgment, and the ability to provide safe and competent health care.

The overall program goals and objectives are aligned with the current National Competency Profiles (NCP) for the Generalist, as approved by the Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP) and the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (CSDMS) boards.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Graduates will work as an Ultrasound Technologist in such settings as hospitals, clinical laboratories, and other health care facilities.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.
COMPUTER PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS:
Students in this program must have basic computer literacy, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, Internet and e-mail.

ACCREDITATION
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is registered for Canadian Medical Association Accreditation. After final accreditation, graduates will be eligible to write the CARDUP credentialing exam. The program's registered status and tentative date of the assessment are posted on the Official List of Programs at www.cma.ca/accredit.

CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.
  • First Aid
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BCLS Level C/AED
  • NIOSH N95 Respirator Fit Test
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • - MUST be obtained by you, the student.
      - Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of your first semester
      - Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
      - You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Program Physical Demands Analysis: H796

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year for YEAR ONE students are:

Domestic Students
U.S. Students
International Students

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
SON102
3
Sonography Physics I
SON101
6
Basic Sonography Techniques
SON107
5
Abdominal Sonography I
SON110
6

Human Anatomy & Physiology for Sonographers

Semester 2
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
SON201
4
Pelvic Sonography and Pathology
SON202
6
Abdominal Sonography II
SON208
3
Introduction to Patient Care
SON401
4
High Resolution Imaging
SON210
2
Pathophysiology for Sonographers


Semester 3
SON350
20
Clinical Sonography I

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 4
SON408
3
Sonography Physics II
SON407
5
Introduction to Vascular Sonography
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
SON409
5
Advanced Sonography Techniques
SON405
4
Obstetric Sonography I

Semester 5
SON550
35
Clinical Sonography II
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective (Online)

Semester 6
SON502
5
Obstetric Sonography II
SON601
6
Comprehensive Review

Semester 7
SON750
35
Clinical Sonography III